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Epidexipteryx by EWilloughby Epidexipteryx by EWilloughby
The sixth of my illustrations for mine and ~Agahnim's evolution book, Epidexipteryx hui. If you're unfamiliar with our book, feel free to check out the previous five illustrations: Jinfengopteryx, Microraptor, Archaeopteryx, Velociraptor, and Sinornithosaurus.

Epidexipteryx is a fairly recent discovery from the mid or upper Jurassic-age Daohugou Beds of Inner Mongolia, China, and is a maniraptoran of the same family as Epidendrosaurus, on which the speculative third digit is based.

What makes Epidexipteryx unique is its tail, which sported several long, flat feathers anchored to a skeletal structure similar in nature to the modern pygostyle of birds. The tail feathers appear very primitive and completely lack barbs, and instead are like long, flat sheets of keratin supported by a central rachis.

Thanks again to ~Agahnim and the Gondolendians for their anatomy critiques and discussion.

Conté crayon on drawing paper.

Only two more to go. :)
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the somewhat vicious look on his face, showing the personality of little predator. =o)
Once again, incredible job!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much. :) I do always try to give my dinosaurs some personality and expressiveness, but sometimes I worry that it comes across as too cartoony or fantasy-like.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not cartoonish at all! You should see our cat! I clearly recognize that look! So well captured!
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Pyroraptor280 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
excellent pic the tail could use work but still an amazing pic.
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Daizua123 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love this little guy. He looks more like a peacock than a dinosaur.
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vinczeerno Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist
Really nice! It reminds me a saurian version of the aye-aye! Maybe they indeed lived in a similar niche...
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The whole series is excellent! Love the face on this little guy.
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ebelesaurus Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student Filmographer
i did this dino too!!!!!
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Swampqueen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
I love this entire series! I hadn't heard of this dinosaur before, its tail is very interesting.
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Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw the ginko first after some time, great details :D
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
I like the color scheme here. I think you need to look again, though, at the shadow on the tree trunk. That's a very heavy shadow, with no other shadows around it. Shouldn't there be some dappling from leaves?
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LordKaizen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Fantastic illustration of a very intersing creature, Ferahgo. Epidexipteryx looks like a bird-monkey. This is one of the findings that makes paleontology so intriguing for me. Is this creature descended from primitive birds that have lost the abillity to fly and became totally aborial? Or were primitive birds descended from creatures like this? It's one of those mysteries I hope we find the answer to.

Is there any evidence for for large feathers being on the arms like that? If not, I think they're over used. I really think they should be ommitted in cases when the animal would in reallity have little use for such structures.
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Ninjerina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Student General Artist
I think I saw this thing in a preview for a show called Bizarre Dinosaurs. Its so adorable!
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:iconpiatnitskysaurus:
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
The occasional grub is good for your health ;)
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Slimy, yet... satisfying! ;)
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Fry them up with a pat of butter and you can get a good meal out of em.
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zaidaalida Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Student General Artist
Is it a picture book?
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
No, it's actually a collection of essays that relate to creationist misconceptions of evolution or how evolution and Christianity are compatible. This series of illustrations is meant to accompany the centerpiece of the book, which is a rather in-depth essay on feathered dinosaur evolution written by Jon.
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Senav Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I love its googly eyes and the teeth. I'd keep it as a pet.

Unless it mauled the cat.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
This thing is one of the most bizarre dinosaurs I've ever drawn. Its teeth and jaw structure are so freaky looking. I took the illustration as a challenge to not make it as ugly as its skeleton suggestions, but I think I failed in that endeavor. :|
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Senav Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I dunno. Sometimes you'll find an animal that's so goddam ugly that it is somehow cute. Speaking from experience, hairless rats usually get that reaction.
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RaptorArts Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Adorable! :) I Love all your illustrations! Beautifully done!
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:icontojo-the-thief:
Tojo-The-Thief Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful :)
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Old-PaleoClipper Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
How much is the book going to be???

I love all the drawings for it so far; very eager to see the last two.
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
We haven't discussed pricing with the publishing company yet, but our best estimate is around $15. :)
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DerKompsognatus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
If that's true, expect me to get some effort into buying it!
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Old-PaleoClipper Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:) yay
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TrevelyanL85A2 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Excellent drawing. I love the detail and I'm fascinated about how this one turned out, especialy the detail with the gingko tree.

I love the job you did with this <3 :D
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Steveoc86 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Amazing Work!
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fascinating! :) But I think you drew a modern time ginkgo?
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :) And mesozoic ginkgos actually looked extremely similar to modern ones.
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Lunatic-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
All six of these are really beautiful.

Can't wait for the next two!
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:iconewilloughby:
EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :) I've put a lot of work into them all.
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